“From the point of view of an al Qaida military leader, Western intelligence agents are now ubiquitous in the lands of Islam, and their operations have been extraordinarily effective,” writes Steve Aftergood at his Secrecy Blog.
The post and accompanying al Qaeda document affords a view of the enemy not often seen in the US press — a view of a foe confused and afraid, badly hurt by the presence of American forces in their land.
It also shows ingenious use of simple printed circuits and the lowly nine volt battery.
Pictured within the al Qaeda document, they are small homing beacons, planted on al Qaeda men and in their abodes (or in the haunts of the innocent, if the intel and source on the ground is bad), for the purpose of Predator drone targeting. And it seems they have succeeded in their purpose often enough to merit significant effort to confiscate them and get warning out.